2017-08-17 / Around Town

Rhode Island Foundation Announces Community Grants Winners

The Rhode Island Foundation announced that three local organizations will share in the nearly $225,000 in grants through its Community Grants program.

The Aquidneck Island Land Trust received $9,200 to provide free rain barrels to Middletown residents in partnership with Clean Ocean Access and the Aquidneck Island Planning Commission. The giveaway will take place at a planned community festival that will also include rain barrel painting, rain barrel installation demonstrations and storm water education.

The town of Middletown received $9,405 to install eight park benches in the Middletown Valley, the town’s newest public park. The 45-acre site runs along High Street behind the Aquidneck Shopping Centre.

The Women’s Resource Center received $9,710 to install public art along the newly marked walking and bike trail that winds through Miantonomi Park in Newport’s North End. The “Tree Path Project” is a partnership with the Newport Health Equity Zone and the Newport

Art Museum.

The foundation received nearly 130 applications for the Community Grants program. Work on most of the 30 projects that received funding is expected to be underway before the end of the year. In 2016, the foundation awarded a record $45 million in grants to organizations addressing the state’s most pressing issues and needs of diverse communities.

For more information, visit rifoundation.org.

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